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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just some thoughts on current events...

Long post:

With all of this race stuff in the news/media, I (once again) re-examined MY central beliefs on prejudice to ensure I was not being hippocritical or anything before I said my peace. 

I have a friend who told me about an incident with her child that happened not too long ago in a local fast food restaurant.  Her son (age 4) went to play on the playground and was told by other kids close to his age that the playground was for "whites only".  Upon hearing this, I was enraged and deeply saddened.  The fact that it was said TO one child from another CHILD just could not compute in my brain.   The fact that here in 2017 anyone would use the "whites only" phrase, let alone teach it to their kids is one of the most illogical things I have ever come across.   I mean, did everyone suddenly fail science or forget their basic human biology class?  Do you NOT know where the different pigmentation of skin comes from?  Even if you don't understand the theories of adaptation, we were all taught that we belong to the same species.  It shouldn't matter.   You're not going to suddenly become black if you associate with, drink from the same fountain, play in the same playground, or anything else as a black person...just like they don't suddenly become white, so why try to separate anything?  There is NO clear and present danger from these simple behaviors just bc someone is a different race! 

I don't believe we can fix every social problem we have in our society.   There will always be discrimination.  There will always be some uneducated yahoo that does so out of his/her ignorance.  But for those of you who have shown the capability of using your brain in other areas, you should be able to deduce and recall these facts. 

For those of you who are in support of racial superiority and purity, get your DNA tested then get back to me. 

So, I'd like to make these statements:

•I believe a person's skills, education, or ability to learn should determine whether he or she is employed. Legislation had to be enacted bc eejits decided to base hiring on race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual preference rather than being able to trust employers to do the right thing.  Because of the bad/ignorant, the good suffer.

•I believe hatred is taught.  If you find yourself hating someone based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, ask yourself why.  I tend to give people more credit than they deserve, but seriously...ask yourself why.  Is it something you were taught?  Were you taught that you were superior bc of your skin color? If so, ask yourself to find the scientific evidence to prove it so.  For me and mine, I may not agree with your choices, but I try to make certain that IF I "judge" you (for lack of a better word), I do so based on my opinion of the content of your character. 

•Protesting can be done without violence.    Though often confused with rioting,as it seems to be these days, the two are NOT the same.  Protesting is standing up for perceived injustices withOUT damaging people OR property, and this also includes blocking the flow of traffic (which actually IS illegal, btw).  Rioting, looting, and the like are detestable behaviors.   Violence only begets violence.   Remember when you were a kid and your sibling hit you?  Didn't you get in as much, if not more, trouble for doing so?  Saying, "They started it" was never a viable excuse, right?

Well, what makes anyone think it's okay to riot and loot bc of someone else got punched.  Now, this does not include self defense.   If someone hits you and won't stop hitting you and you cannot get away UNLESS you hit them back, please by all means defend yourself.   I'm talking physical violence, not being hit in a metaphorical way.  If you are being oppressed and metaphorically hit, then by all means stand up for yourself but don't cause innocent people to suffer.   By causing an innocent person to suffer, it could be said you're stooping to their level.  You should rise above.  You are better than the worst of your enemies.   I'm not saying lay down and take it, either.   I'm saying use your brain before brawn. 

•For those in the minority groups, I can empathize.  I can comprehend the words used to describe your struggle, but I'll never know what it's like.  I only know what my experiences and education have shown me.  I understand and comprehend your struggle because I have experienced discrimination based on my sex.  Being female in the south in a male-dominated culture, you learn quickly that things are not equal.   You are taught more domestic things than your male counter parts.   You see your brothers, male cousins, etc growing up with Mom still doing their laundry until they get married and their wife does it.   You are perceived as ignorant (even though I have a college degree) and often taken advantage of when it comes to cars (even if your dad taught you how to break one down and how to figure out what was wrong with it).  So, I use that experience as a launch pad for understanding. 

•For those shouting, "but it's my heritage".  Fine.  That's cool.  I have my heritage.   I don't force you to celebrate my heritage (which is a mixture of cultures), don't expect someone to celebrate yours.  This goes for every human being.   We are Americans, a giant mixture of various cultures that has sprung forth a unique culture of it's own.  We have no specific culture, so all cultures deserve our respect.  It's our duty to preserve history in our museums and acknowledge the good and bad so that we do not repeat our mistakes.  

Finally, I love you all.   There is only a few things in this world that fill my heart with hate--rapists, child abusers, pedophiles, and cold-blooded murderers.  I admit, I was taught you're not supposed to hate.  But those individuals that commit those crimes?  They're not even human, in my eyes.  You cannot have humanity and harm an innocent person with no cause whatsoever. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Books 1 & 2
by Lisa Bilbrey

Friday, March 10, 2017

Shutter Freeze

Series: A SNAPshot Novella + Novel
Author: Freya Barker and K.T. Dove
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Title: Shutter Speed
Series: A SNAPshot novella
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 15, 2017 
She likes picking up her camera because it allows her to see things through a different lens. Like when she lost her job recently and instead of focusing on what she’s forced to leave behind, she zooms in on the new options opening up in front of her. Or when a dangerous looking silver fox comes rolling up her path on a FatBoy, and her digital output shows a deep loneliness, matching her own, in his ice-blue eyes.
But when she's working on making her dreams come true, she inadvertently captures something in her viewfinder she can’t un-see.
He wasn’t supposed to be here, but he can’t seem to escape his old life. Stuck in an old trailer in the mountains, he walks a fine line between ruse and reality. With the arrival of a young-looking pixie—who turns out to be a full grown, hot-blooded woman—his balance is thrown. 
He tries to avoid her, but with the little pixel peeper snapping everything in sight, she unintentionally risks his exposure.
And his focus needs to be sharp to keep her from danger.
Title: Freeze Frame
Series: A SNAPshot Novel
Author: Freya Barker and KT Dove
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date:  Coming Soon
A new career, a new place, and a new man—you’d think after the rough year she’s had, Isla has finally found her stride. Of course it’s never that simple. Some dreams she is building, some dreams are taken away before they have a chance to form. But she never imagined that the one thing she’s worked so hard to realize, could be the cause it all breaks apart.
Ben doesn’t miss his assignments, his life of deceit, or his unsavory associations—but they appear to miss him. Just as he’s beginning to think perhaps there’s redemption for him after all, his dark past casts a long shadow.—and not just on him, but on the woman who made him believe.
Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
KT Dove grew up, and still lives, in the Midwest. At an early age she developed a love of reading, driving the local librarians crazy, and would plan plot lines and stories for her favorite characters. KT received degrees in English, Speech/Drama, and Education. And yet instead of becoming an English teacher as planned, she opted for an unexpected HEA. 

Now married, a mother and still an avid reader, she stumbled upon the Indie author movement and became involved on several levels. Never in her wildest imagination would she have thought she would co-author a book. With the support of her family, she took the plunge, adding writing to an already busy literary existence.  
She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Condemned (Part 1)

Redemption Series, book 3
by Samyah Leighton

Review: Spy Game by Suz de Mello (Contemporary Romance)

Here is some of the information for this Contemporary Romantic Suspense novel. 
  • The page length is 277 according to Amazon.
  • Amazon.com link is http://amzn.to/2iFTAF4
  • Fledgling agent Ani Sharif has finally been assigned to her first undercover mission—to seduce software tycoon Richard Rexford, known as the fearsome T-Rex of Silicon Valley. He's suspected of selling software secrets to the Chinese. Ani must succeed at her first assignment, but will handsome, clever Richard uncover her secrets and seize her heart?

When I was offered an opportunity to review this novel, I was slightly skeptical as I have very little interest in political intrigue, spy stuff, or cyber crimes.  My knowledge of these areas is rather rudimentary, but I do know enough to discern whether the circumstances are plausible or not.  And in this novel, they are.

Now, I don't necessarily expect all fictional novels I read to be realistic or anything like that.  I do, however, expect them to be somewhat plausible.  It is obvious that Ms. de Mello did her research.  Not only did she deeply develop her characters, but she immersed them into their respective roles in such a way that I struggled to tear myself away from the novel to take care of my current commitments such as "adulting".

So, even if the world of political intrigue, spy games, and cyber stuff is NOT your cuppa, I do believe you will appreciate the time and effort the author took into crafting this amazing novel.